Deirdre ‘shocked’ to miss her Operation Transformation weight loss target

Operation Transformation leader Deirdre O’Donovan, who wants to stop emotional eating, was shocked when she failed to meet her target weight yesterday.

The Cork mother of two currently weights 16st 1½lbs — she weighed 17st 4½lbs when the RTÉ series started last month.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas told her that she only managed to lose half of her 3lb weekly weight loss target and asked why she thought that had happened.

“I am actually quite surprised really because I thought I had a better week than previous weeks,” she said during a live weigh-in on the John Murray Show. “I stuck to the plan and even started running a lot more.”

However, dietician Aoife Hearne said: “I need honesty. What do you think happened?”

Deirdre, 29, who works part-time as a night-time care assistant, said her mood was low earlier in the week but she still went out running and was sticking to the eating plan.

But Aoife said she believed there was something going on in Deirdre’s life. “It’s either going totally over your head, you don’t know it’s happening, or you are in denial about it,” she said. “But there is definitely something going on.”

She urged Deirdre to keep a food diary.

There was good news for former Kerry GAA star Paudie O’Mahoney, who currently weighs 18st 9½lbs, after reaching his weekly target loss of 3lbs.

Paudie, 61, started his weight loss programme weighing 20st 5½lbs, but was warned by fitness expert Karl Henry to slow down after overdoing it the previous week.

Operation Transformation doctor Ciara Kelly said it was hard for someone of Paudie’s age to lose weight consistently but he was doing just that.

“This is the first week that I feel nice about myself. I’m smiling at last,” said Paudie, who revealed he had been out with his ex-wife last Saturday evening.

“All I can say is love blossoms in all sorts of places.”


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